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City to begin marking storm drains

Submitted by on October 7, 2010 – 4:15 pmNo Comment

Young people from the Alpena Boys and Girls Club Youth Volunteer Corp (YVC) Program will begin marking storm drains this Saturday, across parts of the City of Alpena.

The program originated from the city council visioning committee “Preserve Protect and Promote Our Natural Resources.”  The committee thought it was important to inform citizens about storm drains, which could cut help down on pollution and help protect the Thunder Bay Watershed and Lake Huron.

Adult volunteer team leaders will accompany kids who will place “No Dumping, Drains to Waterways” markers on storm drains, with a goal to mark all of the approximately 1,000 drains over the next year or so. The first wave of the project will cover Ripley Street to Chisholm including First, Second, and Third Avenues.

In addition, door tags with helpful hints about proper disposal of hazardous waste, fertilizers, and pesticides will be given to homeowners in the project area asking them to “Be Part of the Solution to Storm Water Pollution.”  The tags also ask homeowners to adopt a drain by keeping it clear of litter, leaves and other debris.

Anyone who would like to join the group marking drains Saturday, is
asked to meet at City Hall by 9 a.m.